An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God.

Simone Weil
The pursuit of excellence


Well-phantoms echoing outward – a hoard of spasms.

Ray DiPalma


Connexion is a gift, and vice versa.


the desire to expose and engage the exquisite delicacy of essence


The earth is not one element among others but rather brings together all the elements within a single embrace

Deleuze & Guattari
a conductivity that knows no bounds


Intent or intention is mind made active by spirit. It is not an energy but a force that directs and carries energy, and consequently the use of such always drives me into my centre and, if correctly aligned, my root. An action started without intent is weak and undirected, and can only succeed if habitual – if it slots into an established pattern of successful action. For example, for most of us breathing is unintended yet successful because we have a habit of breathing (imagine the power of that first breath!). Intending an action is basically a way of both committing to that action, and taking responsibility for the action, and for this reason most of us prefer not to use intent if we can possibly get away without it. In fact for most of us intent is half-hearted at best, and has the option of failure built in: how often do we fail to do something or fail to complete something that we tell ourselves we intend to do? In Tai Chi we endeavour to intend every action we make, and to extend the intent through to completion (no momentum – no slackness). In itself it is discipline, training the energy to follow the dictates of mind and spirit. And like everything in Tai Chi (and life) it is a stage to be passed through – on the way to emptiness – unintended pervasive heart. All saints, no matter how gentle and loving, will have had ferocious intent, because without it heart will always fall short.
something almost dastardly, in a life that does not move with dash and freedom

Robert Louis Stephenson


Language carves up the world


quickness of apprehension, and celerity of reply


A warrior leaves nothing to chance, yet takes risks all the time. In control of all his faculties, yet always surprised by what he feels, what he thinks, what he intends.
gravity is the square root of levity

Thomas Meyer


The primary objective of a school, be it a childrens' school, a Tai Chi school, or whatever, is to draw the unsuspecting student into an artificial world. This world is generally a tidy and consistent gross reduction and distortion of the world at large. In fact, we could call it a systematic misrepresentation of that world. It misrepresents not so much by deceiving (although that as well), but by advocating and encouraging a studious mode of engagement that is slavish and undiscerning – essentially passive. This is why the one thing schools do not produce is independent spirits.


The three connexions:

Centering – myself;
Rooting – Earth;
Yielding – other.

Each is very different, although there is overlap.


Collapse and rupture are the only enemies.


By and large


Everything a test of passion.


Whatever cannot obey itself, is commanded.

Friedrich Nietzsche
For most of us communication amounts to voicing what is on our minds – sharing the contents of the mind. But what if the mind is quiet? Is there then no communication? On the contrary, then there is real communication – a sharing of pure mind – because then and only then is there real togetherness (the contents of the mind constitute a barrier to such). This is a great gift because it teaches and heals – such quiet purity is infectious.


Inside pours out; outside flows in. We call this living.


On the whole
Inside and outside are inseparable.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty


Touch the ungraspable


true philosophy . . . is no more historical than it is eternal: it must be untimely, always untimely.

Gilles Deleuze


Stretching and compressing time's elastic fabric.


It is burden that makes us world-bound, heavy, mundane; and it is an unlightening burden that eventually kills us – breaks our back, crushes the heart, denatures the fabric. The bodhisattva/saint is essentially a free man who has chosen to burden himself with impossible task. He does this to stick around, as example, as teacher, as healer. His skill lies not in what or how he teaches, but in the facility with which he balances and regulates his innate lightness with the anchoring task of universal liberation.


Heart is the unconditional realm


To elevate thinking, release the neck.